When my son was a baby he slept all the time. (Mostly while laying on me.) I remember having to wake him up to feed him and all the times he fell asleep while still breastfeeding. When I asked our doctor about all this, she asked some questions about family history and determined that everything was fine. She added that we were lucky because our son slept so well.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on August 16, 2016 at 6:42am — No Comments
It's the morning and your alarm has just gone off - an angry buzzing sound breaking into that peaceful murky bliss. You hit the alarm with a surprising amount of force and sit up in bed.
The problem is that you feel like you haven't slept at all and you are still tired. No, not just tired. Bone tired, where…
Added by Lauren Markman on August 3, 2016 at 6:21am — No Comments
It's 7:30 pm. Let the battle begin.
Let's say (for fun) that I can somehow get my son upstairs to start his bedtime routine at 7:30 pm (without the stalling, last-minute things he absolutely "has" to tell me and without any whining). Let's just say that happened. What follows is a series of check-ins. Did…
Added by Lauren Markman on July 25, 2016 at 6:37am — No Comments
Suspend your disbelief, mothers…Continue
Added by MyPurseStrings on May 4, 2016 at 11:28pm — No Comments
I'm only in my mid-30s. I love my job and my current life, but sometimes I like to fantasize about my retirement. My current plans include my husband and I living in a cabin in the mountains somewhere where our son can come and visit us when he wants his family to enjoy some snow.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 1, 2016 at 6:33am — No Comments
Waking up my son for school in the morning is better than the theater. There could be over-the-top goofiness and slapstick antics that is fun to watch (in small doses), or there could be the tears, accusations and casting of curses that you normally find in a Greek tragedy. Or it could be both.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 30, 2016 at 6:15am — No Comments
When we brought our son home from the hospital, we decided to have him sleep his first night in his crib in his own room. We felt so wise in our decision, believing it to be important to teach our son that he sleeps in his room and we sleep in ours.
Our son, however, decided to start cluster feeding, so I was up with him all night, holding him. …
Added by Lauren Markman on March 23, 2016 at 6:16am — No Comments
My son and I have a deal to help him get through his school morning routine: If my little bear completes his tasks early (dressed, teeth and hair brushed) then he is allowed to play on his iPad. This gives me enough time to make his lunch and do my hair and make-up.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 21, 2016 at 6:28am — No Comments
I've just woken up my son for school. He looks at me with blurry eyes and his hair is sticking out in every direction. He even still smells like sleep; to me, he is perfection. He yawns and asks me if I ran that morning. I confirm that I did and he immediately taps my fitbit to congratulate me on all my dots.…
Added by Lauren Markman on March 14, 2016 at 6:46am — No Comments
O.K., I admit it, sometimes I HATE breastfeeding. There, I said it. At three a.m. when I am awakened for the third time by my sweet eleven month old nuzzling up against my shirt and crying, I have to say that I have bottle-feeding baby envy. I want nothing more than to hand my baby over to my soundly…Continue
Added by MamaMadHatter on February 26, 2016 at 9:13am — No Comments
When our cat was alive, she used to sleep in bed with us at night. I could count on her to nudge me in the middle of the night if I was snoring, crawl up next to me when she was having a bad dream and gently paw at me when she wanted me to wake up and feed her.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 26, 2016 at 6:18am — No Comments
Cries echo loudly off the dark walls.
As the world snores, I stumble out of bed, sleep clouding my eyes. After a diaper change and an hour of nursing, I'm certain that I'll be able to get a little more sleep. It's in that instant that my 10-month-old…
Full disclosure: I just yawned while typing that title.
Here's the thing: I am very susceptible to yawning. If I see someone yawn in front of me, I am going to yawn back at them. And when I do, I really hope that they are not also susceptible to yawning, otherwise we have entered a very dangerous yawning…
Added by Lauren Markman on February 10, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments
Added by Jennifer Weedon Palazzo on January 21, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments
When I was a teenager, I was convinced that my Mother didn't sleep. She was a single Mom with a restaurant job that required long hours. And on the nights that she worked a close shift followed by an open shift, I am pretty sure that she only got about four hours of sleep (at best).…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 15, 2016 at 6:16am — No Comments
Sleep is magical, refreshing, blissful, and--well, I don't quite remember because it's been so long since I've gotten first hand experience. Stick a fork in me I'm done. I can't...I just...sigh. Here's a complimentary backstage pass for a look into the goings on at the Repiscak abode, specifically at bedtime. Liam is sleeping like a normal 5 month old baby would, or at least, what I consider to be normal. What's that like you ask? Bed around 8pm, awake a few hours later,…Continue
Added by Kelly Repiscak on December 22, 2015 at 10:57am — No Comments
I have tried standing more during the day. Because I once read that sitting too much was bad for my health. I tried standing more at home, at work and when I went outside to play with my son. I stood. But, it turns out that I didn't need to.
Another study has just declared that…
Originally posted at www.justplayinghouse.com.
It's become very obvious that I've given up all claim to my own room. To be honest, I'm questioning why we need a house with more than 1-bedroom! We are not co-sleepers. We don't even set out to sleep in the same room. It just sort of happens, mostly in the middle of the night.
I've gotten so I have left 2 little blanket beds on the floor already made up. These are for…Continue
Added by Emily Graham on October 15, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments
As of today, I am very lucky with my son's bedtime routine. He and I snuggle up in his bed and read books together (he reads me one and I read him three). Then there are hugs and kisses and then the light goes off. He very rarely leaves the bedroom.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on October 2, 2015 at 6:27am — No Comments
Five mornings a week I have the same conversation with my son involving the reality of it being morning (despite the lack of sunlight) and how he will need to depart the happy warmth of his bed and zombie-walk his way to the bathroom to get ready for school. My cheerful morning greetings are met with dreariness and drudgery.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 25, 2015 at 6:29am — No Comments